AlsoEnergy purchases Draker and is transitioning customers to its platform

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We couldn’t locate a news announcement about this, but according to an email sent to Draker customers, Draker is now a part of AlsoEnergy.

“AlsoEnergy has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Draker Energy, including intellectual property, customer lists, and source code. AlsoEnergy is now the only supplier of Draker products, services, and support.”

The email to Draker customers noted the following as part of the Draker Continuity Program:

• Continued login access for Draker customers at https://draker.us
• Uninterrupted data collection and agency reporting related to Draker monitored assets
• AlsoEnergy will honor all previously paid monitoring license terms and agency reporting agreements
• Free migration to AlsoEnergy’s PowerTrack platform for all Draker sites, including historical data and configurations along with training and support
• Full integration of the Draker support team with the AlsoEnergy support team
o Please note the new phone number: 866.303.5668 x2

AlsoEnergy is migrating all Draker sites, data, and configurations to the PowerTrack Platform. In addition, Draker customers will have access to the full suite of PowerTrack features and capabilities such as advanced PV modeling and analytics, dashboards, and a wide range of standard queries and reports.

As part of the Draker Continuity Program:

• AlsoEnergy will honor existing orders accepted by Draker as of 7/3/2018 for Draker monitoring and hardware.
• All legacy Draker sites will continue to operate on the Draker platform until AlsoEnergy completes site migration to the AlsoEnergy PowerTrack Platform.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Draker customers to upgrade cellular modems to the latest 4G networks to enhance security and performance as needed.
• AlsoEnergy will work with Campbell Scientific to honor all Campbell Scientific data logger warranties.
• Certain Draker features, such as customer dashboards, DBS4, and the SPT String Optimizer, are subject to additional review. We encourage you to contact AlsoEnergy to discuss in further detail.
• Replacement hardware will be available for purchase through AlsoEnergy.

— Solar Builder magazine

Solar monitoring giants AlsoEnergy, skytron form strategic global partnership

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AlsoEnergy, a leading provider of solar monitoring solutions in North America, and skytron energy, a European leader in the monitoring and control of utility-scale solar energy assets, have formed a strategic partnership to strengthen global sales and support for the companies’ combined 14 GW of solar PV assets under management.

Providing complete monitoring, management, and control solutions for PV power plants, AlsoEnergy has built a strong presence in North America while skytron has established international presence in Europe, North America, and the Asia Pacific (APAC) region.

“This strategic relationship creates a global partnership, enabling sales and support coverage to surpass customer expectations for commercial, industrial, and utility-scale solutions. Increased global demand for solar PV monitoring and control and the industry’s requirement for the reduction of O&M costs have brought AlsoEnergy and skytron energy together to deliver this industry-leading integrated solution,” said Robert Schaefer, Chief Executive Officer of AlsoEnergy. “This partnership demonstrates AlsoEnergy’s focus on strengthening our global portfolio of best-in-class performance management products, services, and support.”

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Global PV installations are expected to top 100 GW for the first time in 2018, with numerous gigawatt-scale markets throughout the APAC region, North America, and Europe. To help companies manage increasingly diversified portfolios, this partnership enables AlsoEnergy and skytron energy to drive down solar O&M costs and streamline operations on a global scale.

“Together, skytron energy and AlsoEnergy bring extensive experience, expertise, and innovation, positioning both companies as global market leaders in a rapidly changing energy sector. We look forward to pioneering further growth while continuing to safeguard our customers’ renewable energy investments,” said skytron energy CEO Francisco Baraona.

— Solar Builder magazine

Soligent partners with Chilicon Power for grid-support inverter, monitoring solutions

Soligent Distribution, the leading distributor of solar equipment in the United States, has partnered with Chilicon Power, a tech-forward designer and manufacturer of grid-support inverter and monitoring solutions, to expand its quality product menu.

Soligent, a pure play solar distributor, financier and technology platform supplies over 5,000 solar installers with best-in-class panels, inverters, racking and balance of systems across the U.S. and over 45 countries. Soligent is eager to partner with Chilicon Power in part due to the CP100 gateway monitoring system created so customers can view and manage their solar power systems 24 hours a day from the comfort of anywhere in their home. Soligent is dedicated in providing its customers with high quality products and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded that standard. Together, Soligent and Chilicon Power strive toward a brighter, clean-tech future.

“We believe in providing quality products to our customers and Chilicon Power has met and exceeded our standards,” said Thomas Enzendorfer, President at Soligent, “We look forward to a long and successful partnership with them.”

“Soligent and Chilicon share similar visions for the evolution of inversion and monitoring systems and we are pleased to partner with them”, commented Alexandre Kral and Dr. Christopher R. Jones, Co-Founders of Chilicon Power.

— Solar Builder magazine

SMA debuts new monitoring, control platform — Data Manager M

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As the future of energy management becomes today’s reality, SMA is investing in efforts to digitize commercial energy management and bring greater energy independence to customers. The company has introduced a new, future-proof generation of monitoring and control solutions with the Data Manager M.

In combination with Sunny Portal powered by ennexOS, an IoT platform that manages all energy generation sources and data on a single platform, the Data Manager M is the ideal solution for commercial system owners and operators alike. It optimizes communication, monitoring and control of decentralized PV systems for up to 50 devices, and with a new, highly efficient user interface, the Data Manager M is easy to set up and commission. The modular design allows for a gradual expansion of the integrated functions for new business models in the energy market of the future.

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— Solar Builder magazine

Meteocontrol, viasys are collaborating on solar site monitoring solution for North America

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Meteocontrol North America, a subsidiary of meteocontrol GmbH in Germany, and viasys Intelligent Video GmbH are collaborating is to offer PV-system operators a turn-key solar monitoring solution at a great value and provide North American customers with professional technical support.

Consolidating the systems will result in cost savings for customers because video surveillance can be integrated into meteocontrol’s monitoring portal without the need for any additional infrastructure in solar farms, since the systems can share the same network components, cabling and control cabinet.

“The challenges involved in securing and monitoring solar parks are impressively similar,” said Anson Moran, CEO of meteocontrol North America. “The solution is optimized alarm management. We will conduct high-level data assessments using video, data analysis and artificial intelligence.”

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“The collaboration will solidify our reputation as a reliable partner because our product portfolios complement each other perfectly,” said Martin Schneider, Managing Director of meteocontrol GmbH. “Through our new collaboration with viasys Intelligent Video, we will be able to provide additional value to the market.”

Interlocking the viasys and meteocontrol systems will simplify the technical operation management of solar parks and make them even more secure. When the viasys security system is integrated into an operation manager’s portal view, for example, they will be able to see what is happening near the system at any time and track it with precision all the way up to the access control. The meteocontrol monitoring portal signals the operating status in the status message and provides information as to whether the security system is active.

“There are also other developments in the pipeline,” adds Moran. “The operation manager should be able to receive the alarm messages directly in the ticket system, log them there and create the report for the investor. The messages will no longer need to be processed separately from monitoring in the security control room. We also want to set up an O&M camera-based “Awareness System” designed to provide operation managers with the required view of the system on site without the need to invest in an extensive and complete perimeter security system.”

— Solar Builder magazine